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Elise Hu
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Elise Hu

International Correspondent, Seoul, South Korea

Elise Hu is an award-winning correspondent assigned to NPR's newest international bureau, in Seoul, South Korea. She's responsible for covering geopolitics, business and life in both Koreas and Japan. She previously covered the intersection of technology and culture for the network's on-air, online and multimedia platforms.

Hu joined NPR in 2011 to coordinate the digital development and editorial vision for the StateImpact network, a state government reporting project focused on member stations.

Before joining NPR, she was one of the founding reporters at The Texas Tribune, a non-profit digital news startup devoted to politics and public policy. While at the Tribune, Hu oversaw television partnerships and multimedia projects; contributed to The New York Times' expanded Texas coverage and pushed for editorial innovation across platforms.

An honors graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia's School of Journalism, she previously worked as the state political reporter for KVUE-TV in Austin, WYFF-TV in Greenville, SC, and reported from Asia for the Taipei Times.

Her work has earned a Gannett Foundation Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism, a National Edward R. Murrow award for best online video, beat reporting awards from the Texas Associated Press and The Austin Chronicle once dubiously named her the "Best TV Reporter Who Can Write."

Outside of work, Hu has taught digital journalism at Northwestern University and Georgetown University's journalism schools and serves as a guest co-host for TWIT.tv's program, Tech News Today. She's also an adviser to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, where she keeps up with emerging media and technology as a panelist for the Knight News Challenge.

Elise Hu can be reached by e-mail at ehu (at) npr (dot) org as well as via the social media links, above.

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People watch a TV showing images of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (right), South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump — and the words "Thawing Korean Peninsula" — at a railway station in Seoul, South Korea on March 7. Ahn Young-joon/AP hide caption

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As Trump-Kim Summit Approaches, South Korea's Leader Heads To White House

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News Brief: North Korea Summit In Doubt, Primary Results, Net Neutrality

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A U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter takes off during annual exercises with South Korea at a U.S. air base in Gunsan, South Korea, in April. North Korea implied the summit with President Trump could be canceled because of the exercises. Go Bum-jun/AP hide caption

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"It's President Trump who should receive the Nobel Prize," South Korean President Moon Jae-in said, following Friday's summit with North Korea. Moon is seen here hosting Trump at the Blue House in Seoul in November. Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump Should Win The Nobel Peace Prize, South Korea's Moon Says

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News Brief: Koreas Summit Begins, Bill Cosby Convicted, Pruitt's Future

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in raise their hands after signing a joint statement at the border village of Panmunjom. Korea Summit Press Pool/AP hide caption

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Kim, Moon Pledge Denuclearization Of Peninsula And End To Korean War

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South Korean officials prepare for inter-Korean summit in front of the Peace House. Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in are scheduled to meet there Friday. Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images hide caption

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'The Peace House' Is All Set For Kim Jong Un's First Summit In South Korea

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It's Been A Dramatic Week Of Concessions From North Korea

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News Brief: Justice Department Developments, National School Walkout, South Korea

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News Brief: James Comey Talks To NPR, Michael Cohen Investigation, Shinzo Abe Visits U.S.

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Japan's Shinzo Abe Travels To U.S. Amid Scandals At Home

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U.S. President Donald Trump reviews an honor guard during a welcome ceremony, escorted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo, Nov. 6, 2017. Koji Sasahara/AP hide caption

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Japan's Premier Visits Trump Amid Troubles Both Foreign And Domestic

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